Thick, black smoke fills Brockton’s sky after a multi-alarm fire recycling center

BROCKTON, Mass. — Multiple agencies respond to a multi-alarm blaze at a scrap metal recycling center in Brockton on Friday evening.

Thick, black smoke filled the air as firefighters arrived at 175 East Ashland Street, where Bay State Shredding is located.

Firefighters could be seen on a roof pouring water on the flames as they were searching for what exactly was burning.

According to the Brockton Fire Chief, some pile of debris caught on fire and quickly spread.

“It’s an assorted amount of debris. This is a scrap yard recycling center. It’s unknown exactly what is burning. We do have the state hazmat team on the scene right now, and they’ll doing air monitoring looking for any hazardous smoke,” said Chief Brian Nardelli.

The Hazmat team was checking the air quality in nearby neighborhoods to make sure it was safe. No one had to be evacuated, said Chief Nardelli.

There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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